2019 Christmas Cracker Race

 

Get into the running Christmas spirit...

 

Once again, Staffs Moorlands AC is hosting the ever-popular, superb value and atmospheric Christmas Cracker race. This year, the date is set for Sunday 15 December 2019 with a start time of 11am.

 

The race is approximately 8 miles long and takes in some breath-taking scenery in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands. Around 40% is run on country lanes with the rest being through fields and on tracks including a section along the exposed Roaches gritstone ridge some 1500 feet above sea level!

 

According to the reviews on Runners’ World (RW) website, 100% of past competitors would return to the race again and it has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5. Whilst this is a race, which does attract some excellent runners, the emphasis is on fun and fancy dress outfits are encouraged, even if this is a Santa hat, tinsel halo or sprig of mistletoe!!! To quote a review from “Fuzzyhead” on the RW site: “the most fun race I have had all year”.

 

There are prizes for various categories including fancy dress (detailed below) and every finisher receives either a pair of special edition socks or locally bottled beer.

 

Additionally, to be fair to the volunteers marshalling and recording results, we would ask potential entrants to ensure that they can finish comfortably within one hour and fifty minutes. Dogs are not permitted to accompany runners on the course.

 

In the unlikely event that the organisers deem it to be too dangerous to run over the Roaches, due to ice or heavy snow on race day, an alternative shorter course will be operated around the scenic Tittesworth Reservoir.

 

We try to keep running affordable to most runners which is reflected in the entry costs:

£7 for Staffs Moorlands AC runners, £8 for other club affiliated athletes and £9 for unattached runners.

 

Any profits from the race are shared between the local charities and organisations that have helped to stage the event (usually Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for maintaining the footpaths on the Roaches, Buxton Mountain Rescue for helping to keep runners safe on the course, and Leek Scouts for making free hot drinks for runners afterwards).

 

Race Details

Registration, Race Start and Finish

This takes place at Tittesworth Reservoir Visitors’ Centre, Meerbrook, near Leek, Staffordshire (postcode ST13 8SW).

 

Online entries https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=3771

 

Parking

Runners will need to obey whatever parking restrictions are in place at the time, which includes paying the usual visitors’ tariff.

 

Registration and Number Collection

Registration, sited in the Visitors’ Centre lobby, accessed by the side door, opens at 9.40am and closes at 10.45am. You can pay to enter on the day (see costs above) and, if you’ve pre-entered via the on-line route you will need to collect your number. Please do not enter Tittesworth Visitors’ Centre wearing muddy footwear or clothing at any time.

 

Refreshments and Toilets

There are excellent facilities provided by the Visitors’ Centre together with a wide range of reasonably-priced drinks and snacks. Please treat the facilities with respect as we rely on venues such as this and we would like to be able to stage the event again in following years. Note: there are no changing or shower facilities.

 

Clothing

Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly as it can be a few degrees colder on the highest points of the course.

 

Safety

In addition to marshals being on the course, there will also be medical staff and Buxton Mountain Rescue personnel deployed at strategic points. A “sweeper” will also be following the last runner to ensure that everyone returns safely. Always listen and adhere to instructions from marshals – they are there for your safety and enjoyment of the race.

 

Finish

Please use the exit funnel and keep the finish area clear for incoming runners, who may be sprinting with eyes only for the line! After the finish, choose and collect your memento (socks or beer!) and have a hot drink with our compliments from the marked area near the finish (not in the Visitors’ Centre).

 

Award Presentation

This will take place at approximately 1.15pm and results will be available on our website later.

 

Prizes

These will be presented to: 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female, and single awards in each veteran category (male and female) 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65. In the event of a veteran finishing in the top three, the veteran category prize will be awarded to the next veteran individual.

The team prizes are for: First Men’s Team (four to count) and First Ladies’ Team (three to count).

The King of the Mountain trophy is awarded to the first individual to reach the Roaches trig point.

The Ron Lucas prizes are awarded by his family for fancy dress costume judged as: Best Individual: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best Team and Runner-Up Team.

 

Prizes

 

Open Prizes        
Emily Taylor 23 Unaffiliated F   1  
Jo Askey 82 Sandbach Striders F   2  
Ann-Marie Jones 17 Macclesfield Harriers F   3  
Philip Sale 28 Ilkeston M   1  
Matthew Basnett 103 SMAC M   2  
Matthew Statham 126 SMAC M   3  
Vet Prizes        
Tamsin Walford 54 Unaffiliated F F40    
Clare Holdcroft 26 Mow Cop Runners F F45    
Gillian Tinsley 70 Trentham RC F F50    
Jo Miles 112 Macclesfield Harriers F F55    
Olive Otway 122 Potters Trotters F F60    
Janice Cope 39 Unaffiliated F F65    
Toby Hart 109 Newcastle Tri M M40    
Daniel Knowles 154 Unaffiliated M M45    
Ed Gamble 43 Cheshire Hill Racers M M50    
Malcolm Fowler 1 Cheshire Hill Racers M M55    
Geoff Pettengell 100 Mow Cop Runners M M60    
Alan Bocking 25 Cheshire Hill Racers M M65    
Ladies Team Prize        
  1 Trentham RC Wendy Swift F      
  1 Trentham RC Gillian Tinsley F      
  1 Trentham RC Jill Phillips F      
Mens Team Prize        
  1 SMAC Matthew Basnett M      
  1 SMAC Matthew Statham M      
  1 SMAC Isaac Elkington M      

 

Finishers

FIRSTNAME Surname Number Club POSITION Time Category
Philip Sale 28 Ilkeston 1 00:54:40 M23
Matthew Basnett 103 SMAC 2 00:55:57 M23
Matthew Statham 126 SMAC 3 00:56:07 M40
Daniel Watt 47 Tunbridge Wells Harriers 4 00:58:26 M23
Toby Hart 109 Newcastle Tri 5 00:58:33 M40
Malcolm Fowler 1 Cheshire Hill Racers 6 00:59:40 M55
Ed Gamble 43 Cheshire Hill Racers 7 01:00:03 M50
Tony Taylor 130 Sandbach Striders 8 01:00:54 M55
Isaac Elkington 150 SMAC 9 01:01:13 M23
Ben Williams 111 SMAC 10 01:01:50 M23
Mick Hutchins 11 Sandbach Striders 11 01:03:58 M40
Stuart Rider 14 Congleton Harriers 12 01:04:14 M23
Richard Ogden 152 Unaffiliated 13 01:04:48 M50
Marcus Hulme 151 SMAC 14 01:06:24 M23
John Greensmith 13 Bollington Harriers 15 01:07:12 M50
Stephen Wright 86 Sandbach Striders 16 01:07:17 M40
Martin Pigott 136 SMAC 17 01:07:21 M40
David Clarke 114 Unaffiliated 18 01:07:27 M23
Daniel Knowles 154 Unaffiliated 19 01:07:42 M45
Pat Kinch 50 Unaffiliated 20 01:09:18 M50
Kruger Fitch 3 Unaffiliated 21 01:09:41 M45
Emily Taylor 23 Unaffiliated 22 01:09:53 F23
Geoff Pettengell 100 Mow Cop Runners 23 01:10:42 M60
Alan Bocking 25 Cheshire Hill Racers 24 01:10:58 M65
Douglas Alcock 68 Trentham RC 25 01:11:02 M65
Andy Watts 6 Cheshire Hill Racers 26 01:12:16 M65
David Cartwright 48 Unaffiliated 27 01:12:35 M23
John Guest 72 Trentham RC 28 01:12:49 M60
Jo Askey 82 Sandbach Striders 29 01:14:35 F45
Rob Warrilow 106 Unaffiliated 30 01:14:42 M50
Ann-Marie Jones 17 Macclesfield Harriers 31 01:14:57 F65
Chris Hinton 102 Unaffiliated 32 01:15:10 M60
Daniel Andemichael 16 Unaffiliated 33 01:15:31 M23
Karl Stanier 99 Sandbach Striders 34 01:16:07 M45
Steve Hope 98 Tipton Harriers 35 01:16:08 M45
Sarah Bates 139 Unaffiliated 36 01:16:32 F23
Chris O'Donnell 49 Ridley RC 37 01:16:34 M45
Tamsin Walford 54 Unaffiliated 38 01:16:46 F40
Clare Holdcroft 26 Mow Cop Runners 39 01:17:06 F45
Kevin Mottram 146 Buxton AC 40 01:17:18 M45
Steven Locker 4 Unaffiliated 41 01:17:19 M65
John Barber 42 Boalloy RC 42 01:17:23 M55
David Gould 77 Lichfield Running Club 43 01:17:25 M65
John Griffith 123 Unaffiliated 44 01:17:27 M60
Katie Latham 147 South Cheshire Harriers 45 01:17:36 F23
Andrew Kane 61 Stoke FIT 46 01:17:36 M40
Billy Douthwaite 153 Unaffiliated 47 01:17:45 M23
Chris McMahon 140 Unaffiliated 48 01:18:09 M23
Caroline Burrell 9 Wirksworth RC 49 01:18:18 F45
Jason Harris 8 Unaffiliated 50 01:18:19 M45
George Nickless 141 Unaffiliated 51 01:18:23 M23
Kevin Uzzell 67 Stone MM 52 01:18:59 M65
Sarah Proudmore 94 Congleton Harriers 53 01:19:36 F45
Russ Cooper 121 Mow Cop Runners 54 01:20:14 M60
Katie Hughes 20 Newcastle Tri 55 01:20:53 F16
John Hughes 19 Newcastle Tri 56 01:20:54 M55
Phil Craddock 78 SMAC 57 01:21:00 M60
Jo Miles 112 Macclesfield Harriers 58 01:21:06 F55
Julian Brown 113 Macclesfield Harriers 59 01:21:06 M50
Philip Dawson 84 Congleton Harriers 60 01:21:09 M65
Steven Pearson 97 Unaffiliated 61 01:21:37 M23
Jenny Gibbs 108 Newcastle Tri 62 01:22:40 F23
John Manwaring 137 Unaffiliated 63 01:22:58 M45
Lesley Anderson 81 Unaffiliated 64 01:23:36 F45
Michael Stubbs 10 Unaffiliated 65 01:23:48 M40
Steve Webb 149 Congleton Harriers 66 01:24:51 M45
Charlotte Statham 125 Cheddleton Joggers 67 01:24:54 F45
Stephen Plant 40 SMAC 68 01:25:42 M60
Oscar Scholes-Furness 46 Unaffiliated 69 01:26:15 M23
Mark Harrison 27 Cheadle RC 70 01:26:21 M45
Andrew Morris 118 Unaffiliated 71 01:26:31 M23
Becky Hinton 119 Unaffiliated 72 01:27:11 F23
Wendy Swift 69 Trentham RC 73 01:27:39 F45
Gillian Tinsley 70 Trentham RC 74 01:27:40 F50
John Fryer 5 Mow Cop Runners 75 01:28:32 M65
Andrew Farmer 133 Buxton Mountain Rescue 76 01:28:33 M50
Maria Jensen 83 Sandbach Striders 77 01:28:34 F40
Dawn Cooper 138 Unaffiliated 78 01:28:49 F45
Nigel Lee 18 Newcastle AC 79 01:28:50 M65
Geoff Channon 21 SMAC 80 01:30:11 M65
Jim Townend 132 Unaffiliated 81 01:30:26 M40
Rob Hadnum 131 Unaffiliated 82 01:30:31 M40
Andrew Pemberton 63 Stoke FIT 83 01:31:21 M45
Emily Batkin 143 Vegan Runners UK 84 01:31:23 F23
Sandra Jeffery 115 Unaffiliated 85 01:31:29 F40
Ann Cheadle 142 Unaffiliated 86 01:31:34 F23
Sarah Thorne 36 Newcastle Tri 87 01:31:50 F45
Jo Owen 31 Unaffiliated 88 01:31:51 F23
Amanda Willward 38 Stoke FIT 89 01:31:52 F23
Sarah Lockett 30 Unaffiliated 90 01:31:53 F23
Mont Moreton 44 Stoke FIT 91 01:31:53 M45
Julie Bradshaw 41 Stoke F.I.T 92 01:31:54 F50
Laura Ann Slack 79 Stone MM 93 01:31:55 F23
Matthew Cartwright 104 Unaffiliated 94 01:31:55 M40
Gareth Owen 105 Unaffiliated 95 01:31:56 M23
Paul Nicholls 2 Sandbach Striders 96 01:32:45 M50
Jenna Bailey 127 Unaffiliated 97 01:33:08 F23
Sarah Bailey 128 Unaffiliated 98 01:33:09 F23
Ian Coates 85 SMAC 99 01:34:28 M60
Simon Wright 129 Unaffiliated 100 01:34:48 M50
Matthew Linney 110 Newcastle Tri 101 01:35:14 M40
Tom Palenicek 58 Unaffiliated 102 01:35:53 M65
Gary Price 32 South Derbyshire RR 103 01:36:10 M55
Paul Hudson 53 South Derbyshire RR 104 01:36:11 M40
Kev Clarice 51 South Derbyshire RR 105 01:36:12 M50
Andy Meadows 52 South Derbyshire RR 106 01:36:13 M55
Jill Phillips 66 Trentham RC 107 01:36:14 F55
Michaela Hill 124 Trentham RC 108 01:36:15 F50
Janice Cope 39 Unaffiliated 109 01:37:00 F65
Aimee McEvilly 144 Unaffiliated 110 01:38:11 F23
Robert Cimino 145 Unaffiliated 111 01:38:12 M23
Olive Otway 122 Potters Trotters 112 01:38:48 F60
Martin Rous 148 Congleton Harriers 113 01:38:51 M50
Joanne Phillips 117 Unaffiliated 114 01:38:53 F40
Lucy Rusbridge 57 Congleton Harriers 115 01:39:16 F45
Polly Kennerley 55 Congleton Harriers 116 01:39:17 F50
Ali McNinch 56 Congleton Harriers 117 01:39:19 F45
Tony Cooke 134 Unaffiliated 118 01:40:04 M55
Mark Bromley 135 Unaffiliated 119 01:41:04 M55
Mark Turner 24 Unaffiliated 120 01:41:10 M55
Lee Jones 37 Trentham RC 121 01:42:06 M45
Mark Gibson 74 Trentham RC 122 01:42:07 M40
Greg Jolian 33 Trentham RC 123 01:42:07 M55
Sophie Latham 96 Trentham RC 124 01:42:08 F23
Walter Mosiuk 120 Trentham RC 125 01:42:08 M60
Karl Latham 95 Trentham RC 126 01:42:09 M23
Chris Hardman 80 Trentham RC 127 01:42:09 M45
Stephen Pepper 15 Stoke FIT 128 01:42:27 M50
Angela Jacquemart 59 Unaffiliated 129 01:42:39 F50
Linda Dale 22 Unaffiliated 130 01:42:40 F50
Hilary wood 29 Unaffiliated 131 01:42:40 F45
Sarah Miles 12 Macclesfield Harriers 132 01:44:29 F40
Bill Mould 116 SMAC 133 01:45:33 M65
Laurence Edwards 87 Biddulph RC 134 01:48:31 M55
Sandra Edwards 88 Biddulph RC 135 01:48:31 F50
Andrew Hollies 60 Biddulph RC 136 01:48:33 M50
Kevin Shufflebottom 107 Biddulph RC 137 01:48:33 M55
Rebecca Stringer 92 Biddulph RC 138 01:48:34 F23
Helen Booth 93 Biddulph RC 139 01:48:34 F23
David Bailey 89 Biddulph RC 140 01:48:35 M55
Penny Graham 90 Biddulph RC 141 01:48:35 F50
Karen Murphy 75 Biddulph RC 142 01:48:36 F55
Anna Clack 91 Biddulph RC 143 01:48:37 F23
Karen MacKintosh 73 Biddulph RC 144 01:48:37 F55
Ian Fothergill 101 Biddulph RC 145 01:48:58 M55
Katie Trace 65 Biddulph RC 146 01:51:09 F40
Graham Fisher 76 Biddulph RC 147 01:51:10 M45
James Trace 64 Biddulph RC 148 01:51:11 M45
Jonathan Horne 62 Biddulph RC 149 01:51:11 M60
Kurt Dowson 45 Stone MM 150 01:51:37 M50
Mark Taylor 35 SMAC 151 01:52:29 M23
David Taylor 34 SMAC 152 01:52:50 M60
Malcolm Rushton 71 Trentham RC 153 01:58:22 M65
Trevor Faulkner 7 Wilmslow RC 154 02:04:24 M65

How to join SMAC

We welcome runners of all abilities and interests. We also welcome volunteers, who may like to help out with coaching and putting on races. Full support will be provided. Please visit our Membership pages for more details.

Coaching Sessions

If you are a member of Staffs Moorlands A.C. you are eligible to train at any of the organised sessions which are all run by England Athletics Qualified Coaches. Tuesday Night Birchall Track, Leek. 5.20pm Junior session, 6.30pm Seniors. See our Coaching pages for more details.

Our Races

SMAC is famous for putting on a series of races during the summer months and also a pre-Christmas event. Please follow the links to our Summer Series and Christmas Cracker race pages.

Kit

Kit can be ordered via email from here: kitmanager@staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk . There are more details on our Kit page. Kit is generally ordered on demand and there may be a lead time. You must wear club kit for team events.

Get In Touch

We'd love to hear from you. Our Contact pages have a variety of ways in which you can contact us.

Our Teams

Here at SMAC we have teams for the Juniors, Men and Ladies. There is also an active Veterans Team and a Fell Running Team. Please use the 'Teams' menu (found under the 'Run With Us' menu) to find more information.